Pear and Cardamom Cake

I love anything with cardamom and fruit so this combination seemed like a match made in a heaven. What I didn’t anticipate was how the mix of buttery caramel, spice and sugar would turn me into an addict! Since my first attempt I have made this cake four times in as many weeks.

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Date, Cardamom and Banana Smoothie

Dates are a favourite food in our household during the month of Ramadan when we fast from dawn to dusk. So I thought I would incorporate it into a smoothie for a healthy drink.

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Suqaar Lettuce Cups

I enjoy giving tradition a new twist so when a Vietnamese friend served me some vegetables in a lettuce cup I thought I would try that idea on Somali food. Combining meat and salad seemed like a good way to go and my suqaar lettuce cup recipe was born.

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Teff Pancakes with Ricotta and Spinach

These gluten-free pancakes are made from teff, an ancient grain from Ethiopia that is becoming very popular as a ‘super food’ as poor quinoa is being asked to step aside. Teff has been a staple food for centuries in the horn of Africa where it is used to make injera, a flatbread.

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Hodan Nalayeh’s Canjeelo aka Canjeero aka Laxoox

Hodan Nalayeh is not only an internationally renown and respected media personality and public figure, this Somali-Canadian mother of two is also a passionate cook.

Despite a hectic schedule filming and broadcasting stories about Somalis from around the world on her much loved Integration TV, Hodan still finds time to cook up a storm in her kitchen. She shares her special canjeelo recipe with us. We tried it with a smear of nutella – delicious!

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Vegetable Risotto

You show me one person who doesn’t love a good risotto and I will…okay I won’t do anything other than promise you that this version will convert them!

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